100 GREATEST ROCK AND SOUL GUITARISTS OF ALL-TIME

The following is a list of 100 (give or take a few) of the most consistently enjoyable/creative rock or soul guitarists of all-time, listed in alphabetical order along with the band(s) they are associated with (note: in some cases I listed the band and then the guitarists) and their most essential guitar song (or album). Every one of these guys are worth hearing, though I’d hardly call this list definitive. (P.S. I realize that including say Gary Moore exclusively with Thin Lizzy, or Michael Schenker with The Scorpions, is sorta cheating and that they deserve separate entries, but hey it's my list and this way I'm able to include more guitarists!)

Aerosmith (Joe Perry, Brad Whitford) - “Back In The Saddle”
Jan Akkerman (Focus) - “Hocus Pocus”
Allman Brothers Band (Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks) - “Whipping Post” (live from At Fillmore East
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) - “Aqualung”
Jeff Beck (Yardbirds, solo) - “Cause We've Ended As Lovers”
Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Talking Heads, David Bowie, solo) - "The Great Curve"
Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) - “Highway Star” (live from Made In Japan)
Michael Bloomfield (Butterfield Blues Band, Electric Flag, Bob Dylan, Al Kooper, other projects) - “East West”
Tommy Bolin (Billy Cobham, James Gang, Deep Purple, solo) - "Post Toastee"
Peter Buck (R.E.M.) - “Seven Chinese Brothers”
Roy Buchanan - "Home Is Where I Lost Her"
Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac, solo) - “I'm So Afraid” (live from The Dance)
Randy California (Spirit) - “I Got A Line On You”
Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) - "Running Down A Dream"
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) - “Nutshell”
Eric Clapton (Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie, Derek and The Dominos, solo) - "White Room"
Ry Cooder (solo, sessions)
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan) - “Starla”
Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the MGs, too many soul sessions to mention) - “Green Onions”
Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)- "Cemetary Gates"
Dave Davies (The Kinks) - “You Really Got Me”
Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult) - "Don't Fear The Reaper"
Al Di Meola (Return To Forever, solo) - "Race With The Devil On A Spanish Highway"
The Eagles (Joe Walsh, Don Felder, Bernie Leadon) - "Hotel California"
The Edge (U2) - “Where The Streets Have No Name”
John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) - “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
Robert Fripp (King Crimson, David Bowie, Brian Eno, The Roches, solo) - “St. Elmo's Fire”
John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers, solo) - "Wet Sand"
Rory Gallagher - "Tattoo'd Lady" (live from Irish Tour '74
Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) - “Dark Star” (live from Live/Dead)
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) - “La Grange”
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) - “Comfortably Numb”
Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) - "Rattlesname Shake" (live from Live at the Boston Tea Party)
Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) - “Paranoid Android”
Steve Hackett (Genesis, solo) - "Firth of Fifth"
George Harrison (The Beatles, solo) - “Let It Be” (album version)
Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic) - “Maggot Brain”
Jimi Hendrix - “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”
Steve Hillage - Fish Rising
Allan Holdsworth - One Of A Kind
Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age) - "No One Knows"
Steve Howe (Yes) - “Starship Trooper”
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) - “Wheels Of Confusion/The Straightener”
Iron Maiden (Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers) - "Phantom Of The Opera"
Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers) - “That Lady”
Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship (Jorma Kaukonen, Craig Chaquico) - "Save Your Love"
Eric Johnson - “Cliffs Of Dover”
Judas Priest (Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing) - "Beyond The Realms Of Death"
Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo) - “I Heard You Looking”
Terry Kath (Chicago) - “25 or 6 To 4”
Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) - “Sultans Of Swing” (live from Alchemy)
Paul Kossoff (Free) - "All Right Now"
Robbie Krieger (The Doors) - “Peace Frog”
Andrew Latimer (Camel) - "The Snow Goose"
Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) - “I’m Going Home” (live from Woodstock)
Alex Lifeson (Rush) - “Limelight”
Lynyrd Skynyrd (Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Ed King, Steve Gaines) - “Freebird”
Yngwie Malmsteen (Steeler, Alcatrazz, solo) - "Black Star"
Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) - "Virginia Plain"
Johnny Marr (The Smiths) - “How Soon Is Now?”
Doug Martsch (Built To Spill) - “Broken Chairs”
J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) - “Get Me”
Brian May (Queen) - “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Jim McCarty (Mitch Ryder, Cactus) - "You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover"
Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) - “Alive”
Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) - “Eight Miles High”
John McLaughlin (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, solo) - “Meeting Of The Spirits”
MC5 (Wayne Kramer, Fred “Sonic” Smith) - “Baby Won’t Ya”
Megadeth (Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine, Chris Poland) - "Hangar 18"
Metallica (Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield) - “Fade To Black”
Ronnie Montrose (Montrose, Edgar Winter Group, Van Morrison) - "Frankenstein"
Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, solo, Kansas, Deep Purple) - "Punk Sandwich"
Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar, solo) - “Helpless”
Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe) - "Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape" (live from Live! In the Air Age
Ted Nugent - "Stranglehold"
Ozzy's guitarists (Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde) - "Mr. Crowley"
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds, sessions) - “Stairway To Heaven”
Prince - “Purple Rain”
Robbie Robertson (The Band, Bob Dylan, solo) - “Unfaithful Servant”
The Rolling Stones (Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ron Wood, and especially Mick Taylor) - "Sway"
Mick Ronson (David Bowie, Ian Hunter, solo) - “Moonage Daydream”
Steve Rothery (Marillion) - "Easter"
Carlos Santana - "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Mile)" (live from Moonflower)
Joe Satriani - "Satch Boogie"
Tom Scholz (Boston) - "Hitch A Ride"
Neal Schon (Santana, Journey) - “Who's Crying Now”
The Scorpions (Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, Rudolph Schenker, Matthias Jabs) - "Sails Of Charon"
Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) - Loveless
Slash (Guns n’ Roses) - “Sweet Child ‘O Mine”
Slayer - (Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman) - "Angel Of Death"
Sonic Youth (Lee Renaldo, Thurston Moore) - “The Diamond Sea”
John Squire (The Stone Roses) - "Made Of Stone"
Steely Dan (Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Elliott Randall, Larry Carlton, Walter Becker, Denny Dias, Rick Derringer, Dean Parks, Jay Graydon) - “My Old School”
Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield, CSN, Manassas, solo, Super Session) - "Season Of The Witch"
Television (Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd) - “Marquee Moon”
Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) - “Like Suicide”
Thin Lizzy (David Bell, Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson, Gary Moore, Snowy White, John Sykes) - “Emerald” (live from Live and Dangerous)
Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention, Richard and Linda Thompson, solo) - “When I Get To The Border”
Pete Townshend (The Who) - "Naked Eye"
Robin Trower (Procol Harum, solo) - “Repent Walpurgis”
Stevie Vai (Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, solo) - "For The Love Of God"
Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) - “Eruption”
Stevie Ray Vaughn - "Life Without You" (live from Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985)
Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, sessions) - "Intro/Sweet Jane" (live from Rock 'n' Roll Animal)
Leslie West (Mountain) - "Theme From An Imaginary Western"
Jack White (The White Stripes) - "Ball & Biscuit"
Johnny Winter - "Fast Life Rider"
Wilco (Nels Cline, Jay Bennett, Jeff Tweedy) - "Impossible Germany"
Wishbone Ash (Andy Powell, Ted Turner, Laurie Wisefield) - "Phoenix"
Angus Young (AC/DC) - “Whole Lotta Rosie”
Neil Young - “Like A Hurricane”
Frank Zappa - “Muffin Man”


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